The Super Bowl: It’s Poetry To Our Ears

Football brings to mind stereotypical portrayals of jocks, blitzes, bobbles, and…poetry? Maybe you don’t automatically equate football with poetry, but poets embrace all aspects of life with their art, and the upcoming Super Bowl 50 is no exception.

For a little poetic gridiron inspiration, check out this great page of poems about football!

QUESTION: Have you written a poem, story, or essay about sports? What was your biggest challenge?
Imagining your future projects is holding you back.
There is no book. There is only Idea Debt.

Sharing this article here in case it’s useful for aspiring authors and creators, and because I have a lot of these types of questions in my ask box:
- When did you know you were ready to start making your comic?
- How did you know when you were good enough to begin?  
- How much research/writing/studying/practicing did you do before you started?

…But I didn’t know, I’ve never experienced a feeling of good enough, I’m still learning new things about comic-making, and I’m still fleshing out the writing, revising and researching.  
No one wants to dive into the deep end blind, but waiting for a moment when you suddenly realize you’re ready will tend to leave you in a rut of perpetual pre-production where, even though you may be toiling at something tangential to what you really want to do, your momentum and the prospect of truly beginning are fading. On past attempted projects, I’m quite guilty of this - having “binders full of lore and no book”, as the article states.  
Instead, I’d recommend riding that wave of head-over-heels love and excitement about a burgeoning idea, and that sense of urgency about getting something underway into a place where really doing the work becomes the habit, or even the backbone of your daily life.  The bona fides, the confidence and knowledge all come with the doing, not with never-ending prep work.

It’s Children's Authors and Illustrators Week

We’re celebrating some of the most iconic and classic children’s authors and illustrators this week here on Tumblr and on Pinterest. Let’s relive our childhoods together.

John Tenniel was the remarkable artist who, as well as sending 50 years as the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine, also created the original illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

How did the elephant get his trunk or the rhino his skin? Rudyard Kipling wrote the Just So Stories for Little Children at the behest of his daughter Effie, who liked her father’s stories to be told ‘just so’. These were published first in a children’s magazines and later alongside some of the most recognizable illustrations in children’s literature.  

Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

To my youngest son, *


and to

all other good little boys.

Come read me my riddle, each good little man:

If you cannot read it, no grown-up folk can.*

The Reverend Charles Kingsley was the author of The Water Babies, the story of a young chimney sweep called Tom who falls into a river after encountering an upper-class girl named Ellie and being chased out of her house. In 1916 prominent female illustrator Jessie Wilcox Smith produced hauntingly beautiful illustrations to accompany the story. 

Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Ever wonder why self-published books are rarely stocked in brick-and-mortar bookstores? It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the quality of the writing. Instead, it has to do with risk. When a bookseller fails to sell a book supplied by a traditional publisher, the retailer has the option of returning the book for (essentially) a refund. But with self-published books and POD books, booksellers must assume the risk of buying stock that they will be stuck with if they can’t sell it. 

Click on the image to find out how you can get a bookseller to take a risk on your self-published book! 

There are amazingly wonderful people in all walks of life; some familiar to us and others not. Stretch yourself and really get to know people. People are in many ways one of our greatest treasures.
—  Bryant H. McGill